July 23 – August 23
Element – Fire – Fixed
Leos get their energetic, positive, leadership qualities, because they are ruled by the Sun, which gives life to all of creation in the solar system. Leos are symbolised by the lion, showing loyalty, fiercness, respect & couragesness.
The major arcana shows these mighty sign bearers in the tarot as Strength #8 & The Sun #19. Both of these cards are giving growth, positivity, health, pride & nearing success. Reversed, as with The Sun, it is to a lesser degree or delayed plans. As with Strength reversed – depending on the deck used, cam also be named Fortitude or Lust, can show bad healtth, fear, or something holding the querent back.
In Greek myth, Hercules went after a lion that couldn’t be hurt with regular weapons. He was scaring the people of Nemeans to the point they wouldn’t leave their homes. He was able to choke it with his bare hands when he cornered it in a cave & wore the pelt as armor.
The lion symbolizes the Sun reaching its full regenerative power when it’s in Leo, akin to the peak harvest time of the Summer Solstice, like the resurrection of Christ in Christianity.
Being ruled by the Sun, the center of our solar system is symbolised by our heart. As living beings we are dependent upon the Sun for our survival & the means of our changing seasons.
The Sun god Ra from Egyptian myth is an example of how many belief systems see the Sun as god. Helios from Greek myth depicted the Sun as male as well, while in Norse mythology Sol – French for Sun & her brother Mani the Moon, sees the Sun as feminine & the Moon male which generally is the opposite.
As the different phases of the cosmos was being crafted, Mundilfari went above the gods & named his children Sol for his daughter & Mani his son, for the Sun & Moon. The old Germanic people believed the Sun to be pulled by a riderless chariot. So when the gods heard of Mundilfari’s boasting, they put Sol & Mani up into the sky to be forever bound to the chariots, chased by wolves Skoll – Mockery & Hati – Hate, throughout time into Ragnarok – the battle where everything comes to an end, even the gods, before starting anew.
The Sun shows how we are artistically, our sense of adventure & having fun. Our passion & love. It can also can blind us from reality, putting us in a sense of denial, our health & well being.